163 Keilor Road
Essendon Vic 3040
Western Vocational Association
Western Vocational Association Inc., is a non-discriminatory organisation, which promotes equal opportunities for people with a disability, within the wider community.
Western Vocational Association Inc. (previously traded as Jobs West a Disability Employment Service (DES) that assisted Centrelink referred clients, with a disability and or other barriers to employment.)
Now, we are trading as Community Pathways. Still in its infancy, Community Pathways – is a new venture that will provide pathways for employment and opportunities to learn life skills.
In 2016, Western Vocational Association Inc., celebrated it's 30th birthday. Many people have been involved over the years and the current dedicated team is determined that we will continue providing services to people with disabilities.
If you think you could assist us in providing our service to people with a disability we would love to hear from you. Please visit the contact us tab to request further information.
Our General Manager is Mr. Brian Paterson. Brian has worked for Jobs West for over 25 years and is committed to the ideals of the organisation. His knowledge of the sector is extensive and we are extremely fortunate to have him at the helm. Brian is also an elected member of the Committee of Management.
The Committee of Management consists of four Executive Officers and four Committee Members.
Vice President: Ganga Selvariajan
Secretary: Laura Leigh
Treasurer: Joe Raudino
Member: Brian Paterson
Member: Jessica Giampiccolo
Member: Vicki Maitland
Qualifications: Masters in Professional Accounting, CPA.
I was a client of Jobs West and they helped me to get a job. My way of giving something back was to volunteer to be a client representative on the board of the Parent body Western Vocational Association (WVA). I have been on the board for more than 10 years now. Have served in the capacity of Secretary and now I am the Vice-President. Being on the board has helped me a lot personally too as I have learnt a lot here and made friends too. Also I enjoy being part of a wonderful board as through them I can contribute my bit towards helping people with a disability.
Qualifications - B.Bus (Acc), F.C.P.A, Registered Tax Agent, MYOB Professional Partner, Joe has over 25 years of experience in the accounting and finance industries. Originally working for large corporations including BHP, Brambles & Serco, he has over the last 14 years been running his own public accounting practice. He has also been a volunteer for various organizations since 2001.
Qualifications: Bachelor of Legal Studies and Bachelor of Law
Jessica is admitted as a Solicitor of the Supreme Court of Victoria and High Court of Australia and has over 15 years' experience in the legal industry. Jessica's studies at La Trobe University focused largely on criminology, social science and human rights. Jessica now works as a Group Legal Counsel specialising in Corporate and Commercial Law. She has been an active Committee of Management member for over 10 years and is the Staff Liaison Officer and a member of the Industrial Relations Sub Committee. She has recently given birth to a beautiful baby girl.
Laura is a Primary school teacher who is currently working in the Early Years section. Laura happily took on the role of Secretary and is looking forward to the future with Western Vocational Association. Laura is the sister of our other Committee member, Jess and loves being an aunty for the first time.
Vicki was an employee of Jobs West - the trading arm of Western Vocational Association Inc. She was in an administration role for over 25 years. Vicki has also been a member from the early days of thr association as has her mum and late husband. More recently her grandson was part of the Committee of Management. Since the closure of Jobs West, she would like to see Western Vocational Association / Community Pathways, once again, assisting people with a disability.
The General Manager of Community Pathways, Brian is also an elected committee member. He was the GM of Jobs West for over 25 years and has always worked towards our mission